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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Oxford United Reaction

16 July 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins confirmed that captain Liam Kelly suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win against Oxford United.

City ran-out 2-0 winners on the day at the Kassam Stadium, with Jonathan Panzo scoring both goals on his first outing in Sky Blue.

However, there was bad news 10 minutes in, when Kelly was forced off and Robins gave an update on his captain.

“We’ve had one or two injuries and we were without a few players this afternoon. There were one or two aches and pains which is what you expect in pre-season, so we don’t want to stretch them too far at this stage.

“Liam has done his hamstring, he overstretched for something, and he felt his hamstring go. He will go for a scan, and we will see what the extent of it is.

“It’s not something you want and it’s the same hamstring he did before, and he’s really disappointed because he’s worked really hard.

“Michael Rose cut his hand, he could’ve carried on, but it was one of those, get him in and get him sorted and he’s ok.”

Reflecting on the afternoon’s work, Robins was pleased with what he saw from his team and was pleased to see Panzo mark his first start with two goals.

“It was a good work out. Karl’s teams always move the ball around and they make you run, so in the heat it makes it more difficult, but we had the ball for quite a while in the game.

“We tried to get people to as close to 90 as possible without hurting them with the work that they’ve been doing and they’re still a way to go yet.

“The game gave us a first look at Jonathan Panzo and he’s scored the two goals from set-pieces and he will be a great asset, but he’s still a way off in terms of his fitness and a few others are.

“I wasn’t expecting goals from him, but I am now.” Robins joked.

“He’s got everything in his locker, he’s got pace, he’s athletic and he’s really good on the ball. Sometimes he might get things wrong, but his endeavor is there and he’s really happy to be here and be working.

“With him and Callum Doyle it gives us a chance two work with two young players and we can see how far they can go in terms of pushing each other, but with the amount of games we’ve got, they’re all going to get game time this season.”

Robins also gave an update on the transfer market and the rumoured interest in midfielder Callum O’Hare, who has been linked with Burnley.

“I’ve seen their manager made some comments which I wasn’t happy with, but it is what it is.

“Everyone knows he has been subject of interest. Burnley have been there all summer and haven’t gone away, so we will see what the next few weeks brings.

“Me personally, I don’t want to lose him, so we see how we go.

“I want Callum O’Hare as part of this team, there’s no doubt about that, but if I get that wish or not remains to be seen, then we take it from there, but for now he is our player and I’m delighted that he is.”

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